[LMB] Heinlein and Bujold

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 22:11:51 BST 2021

There are multiple power blocs in my country who try their hardest to
influence the media.  Talking about "countries" misses the point, to my
mind - are you talking about the government, the power group that directs
the government, the rich, special interest groups?  They're not the same
thing, and they often work at cross purposes.

They're also more opportunistic than able to execute complex conspiratorial
plans, not because of incompetence but because manipulating societies is
extraordinarily difficult.  Think of Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction'
and the consequences for American media.  The absence of live broadcasts is
probably considered very desirable, but imposing that without mandating it
was almost certainly a happy accident rather than an arranged consequence.

Matt G.

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